The Manchester United’s Women team has been progressing well this season and recently beat Arsenal 1-0 to stay a few points clear at the top of the table. Can we expect them to win the title now or are there possibly still some twists and turns to come?
Review of the Game
Played at Leigh Sports Village, this game was a chance for Arsenal to get revenge for the 3-2 defeat to United at the Emirates Stadium at the end of last year. For United Women, it was a chance to carry on with their winning ways after a wonderful 3-2 win against Brighton in the recent FA Cup semi-final put them into the final for the first time, where they will play Chelsea.
The London team suffered an early setback when England captain Leah Williamson pulled up with an injury. It looked serious as the player limped off and England fans are hoping the Euro 2022 star won’t be missing from the Women’s World Cup that starts in Australia and New Zealand this July.
The only goal of the game just as the half-time whistle was about to blow, with Nikita Parris crossing from the right for Alessia Russo to score with United’s first shot on target. In the second half, the home team held on fairly comfortably to secure an important victory and three points.
How Does This Affect Their Chances of the League Title?
After this result, Man Utd sit proudly at the top of the WSL, having gathered 44 points from their 28 games so far. This sees them four points clear of Chelsea and six points ahead of Arsenal. However, Chelsea are still classed as favourites, with Man Utd Women second favourites according to the latest odds, due to the fact that Chelsea have a couple of games in hand.
The WSL is becoming an increasingly popular market, and some bookmakers are looking to turnkey betting software to ensure they provide the latest odds on the most markets. WSL betting is still growing though, so while you’ll see it as an option on most sites, it won’t be an available market on all of them. This software uses the latest information feeds to calculate the most accurate odds, so it will be interesting to see if the next update on Williamson’s injury caused the figures to change or not.
What Comes Next?
The next WSL game for United is away to Aston Villa on April 28, followed by Spurs at home on 7 May. The FA Cup Final comes after this, with this game being played at Wembley on 14 May. After that, the league season winds up and we’ll see if Man Utd manage to claim the league title and stop Chelsea from claiming a fourth consecutive league title.
The latest win keeps the women’s team in the hunt for a league and cup double, but they’re probably going to need to take maximum points from their remaining games while hoping that Chelsea slip up in their games.